Pedal power for air crews
STAFF from Rugby construction firm Stepnell saddled up for a 300- mile charity cycle ride to celebrate its 150th business anniversary.
Thirteen Stepnell employees took part, with seven completing the entire route over four days and others joining them for sections of the journey. Starting from the company’s Poole base, they visited the Wantage, Kidderminster and Nottingham offices before crossing the finishing line at the Rugby head office.
Commercial manager Nick Garlick said: “The spirit among the riders was very strong. We had some highs and lows, as expected, but despite several injuries, everyone pulled through to complete it.”
The cycle ride was organised through a company- wide charity fundraising campaign. The event raised more than £ 5,000 as part of a national fundraising drive in support of local air ambulance services.
Tom Wakeford, Stepnell joint managing director, says: “Contributing to local communities has always been at the heart of the way we do business. The cycle ride was a fun and challenging way to mark our milestone anniversary while also giving something back.
“The air ambulance service does an amazing job saving people’s lives daily and it’s a pleasure to be supporting such a worthwhile cause.”
Stepnell staff have already boosted the anniversary fundraising drive by holding a dragon boat race with further events planned. The anniversary marks the firm’s origins in 1867, when John Bosworth set up as a local builder in Daventry to provide construction services to the British Army at Weedon Barracks and to local authorities.
If you would like to sponsor the cycling team, donate through their Just Giving page at justgiving. com/ fundraising/ stepnell- ltd- cycling- 150